First of all I’m so thankful for all the good words and support I’ve received about my blog. You all are so sweet! Thank you so much!
Last weekend my boyfriend Matt and I went to Silver Falls State Park near Salem, Oregon to hike and take pictures of the beautiful waterfalls. If you live in the area and have never been, I would highly recommend it. It’s about an hour to an hour and a half from Portland depending on what way you go. There are 10 waterfalls you can hike to along an 8.7 mile trail (Matt and I have been doing the trail in pieces). You can even walk behind several of the falls. It’s a great day trip if you want to get out of the city.
On our way back home from Silver Falls Matt obliged me a stop at Seven Brides Brewery in Silverton (thank you again, Sweetie). Seven Brides Brewery was started when three dads and two uncles found themselves with seven daughters who were to be married, and with the rising cost of weddings they decided to start selling their home-brews to raise money. Each daughter has a beer named after them.
Lucky for us the brewery was open since it’s closed Monday through Wednesday. The brewery is right on Highway 214 (990 N. First Street) and fairly large. They offer bookings for large parties. They have their logo displayed everywhere, but other than that the building is pretty ordinary.
Right away I ordered their taster tray. For $10 you get 12 samples; a taster of every beer they have on tap. This is a pretty good deal compared to some other taster trays I’ve had. Here’s what was included on the tray with the style my star ratings (out of five):
-Kili’s Kolsch, kolsch***** Very refreshing, would be great for summer
-Lil’s Pils, bohemian pilsner***
-Oatmeal Ellie, oatmeal stout***
-Emily’s Ember, amber ale***
-Maggie’s Marzen, oktoberfestbier****
-Abbey’s Apple Ale (AAA), fruit beer/cider**** This was Matt’s favorite, he likes sour beers
-Becky’s Black Cat Porter, porter****
-Lauren’s Pale Ale (LPA), northwest pale ale***
-Frankenlou’s IPA, india pale ale*** Holy crap, 105 IBUs
-Drunkel, dunkelweizen**** I’m a fan of dunkels
-Weezin-ator, doppelbock**** 7.9% Alcohol By Volume (highest of their beers)
I was overall very happy with their beers. Their food, on the other hand, I wasn’t as impressed with. I got the “adult” Mac & Cheese ($10) which came with a side salad. I love a good macaroni and cheese, but this was only so-so. The portion was pretty small for the price and it wasn’t anything to write home about. It’s your basic pasta and cheese rue(it was really cheesy I’m happy to report). I got it because there was ale in it. I’ll try something else if I return. Matt, however, loved his sandwich. He ordered the $10 special which was a French dip that came with a cup of chili. He liked it because unlike other French dips it had lettuce, tomato and caramelized onions which added a satisfying crunch. Also, instead of a hoagie the sandwich was between regular toasted bread. The au jus was thick and tasty. Matt thought the chili needed more spice and flavor.
I’m going to quickly explain my star rating:
* = Undrinkable. Eeek!
** = Barely-drinkable. Adjunct lagers usua0lly get this score. These beers are good for chugging or playing beer pong with.
*** = Drinkable. Most craft brews will get this rating at least. There’s either nothing special or I’m simply just not a fan.
**** = Very drinkable. I’m a fan of these beers. There’s usually something unique about these brews.
***** = Amazing. I could drink this all night. Unless the ABV is high, which is common in five star brews. These are very special.
I was going to introduce a new quest I’m going to pursue, but since this post is a little long, I’ll save it for another time. See you then!